United still hunt­ing for left-back

Sunday Sun - - Football - An­drew Mus­grove

NEW­CAS­TLE United are still search­ing for the right can­di­date to of­fer com­pe­ti­tion to Paul Dum­mett at left-back.

Rafa Ben­itez and the Mag­pies hi­er­ar­chy are ea­ger to add an­other full-back, with for­got­ten man Achraf Lazaar the only other left-sided op­tion on the books.

The is­sue has been en­hanced, as it was last sea­son, by an in­jury to Dum­mett, who has only played eight times in the league this sea­son.

The Welsh in­ter­na­tional has missed the last three games af­ter pick­ing up an in­jury while on in­ter­na­tional duty last month but stands a good chance of fea­tur­ing to­day against Wolves.

How­ever, Dum­mett’s re­turn from the physio room does not mean plans to bring a new left- Paul Dum­mett back have changed, even if the right player is still yet to be found.

Ben­itez said: “It’s a po­si­tion we have been look­ing at for a while but still we haven’t found some­one ideal for this po­si­tion.”

United have been linked with Paris Saint-Ger­main’s Stan­ley N’Soki, Ajax’s Ni­co­las Tagli­afico, and Ju­nior Firpo of Real Betis.

The Mag­pies have also been linked with At­lanta United play­maker Miguel Alm­iron but Ben­itez bat­ted away trans­fer spec­u­la­tion.

He said: “We are try­ing to find the right play­ers and that’s it. Some­times you think you have the player and you can­not sign them.

“And some­times you are not ex­pect­ing and some­one is telling you ‘You can have this one’. So we are do­ing our job, try­ing to have the right names.

“But still, it’s too early. We will have to wait and see if we can find spe­cific play­ers.”

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